Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard was Robert Wyatt's third solo album and in complete contrast to the previous all self penned Rock Bottom features interpretations of music from other musicians. It is split into two sides Ruth and Richard (naturally) and features some of Wyatt's most playful work. It wasn't particularly well received though and it would be another ten years until Wyatt released another studio album.
Vinyl LP £18.36 REWIGLP41
Heavyweight vinyl repress LP on Domino.
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7/10 Jack 27th July 2017
At its heart, Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard is an active listening album. What I mean is, if you don't pay attention when you listen to it, you probably won't enjoy it very much. If you're not already a Robert Wyatt fan, I'm not sure if Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard is the best or most accessible place to start--that honour might go to Rock Bottom or even the two-fer of Soft Machine's first two albums, which are excellent. Once you're hooked, though, this album has a ton of great qualities and is a sound investment worth paying attention to.
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